Arsenal 1-1 Leicester: Jamie Vardy rescues Premier League point for Foxes as Eddie Nketiah sees red

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Jamie Vardy hit a late equaliser as Leicester came from behind to earn a point at 10-man Arsenal in a match where VAR was at the forefront.

The Gunners were looking for a fourth consecutive Premier League win for the first time in 21 months but had to settle for a 1-1 draw.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring as Mikel Arteta’s side then went on to spurn a host of decent chances.

They were made to rue their profligacy as, following a VAR-assisted decision to send off substitute Eddie Nketiah just four minutes after his introduction, the technology then ruled Vardy was onside as he secured a draw for Brendan Rodgers’ men.

Aubameyang, in the hunt for another Golden Boot, gave the hosts the lead after 21 minutes as Bukayo Saka broke the offside trap before bursting forward and playing in a fine cross for the Gabon forward to finish.

Lacazette had a goal ruled out for offside early in the second half as VAR confirmed assistant referee Sian Massey-Ellis was right to put up her flag after he had finished at the back-post.

The VAR, Stuart Attwell, was involved again soon after – recommending Kavanagh use his pitchside monitor following a high, late challenge from Nketiah on James Justin.

Kavanagh needed just one replay to show Nketiah the red card just moments after replacing Lacazette.

The VAR would still have a further part to play, adjudging that Vardy was onside when he equalised for Leicester with six minutes to go.

With Arsenal a man down it was the visitors doing all the pressing to find a late winner. But the contest would end all-square, the draw meaning Leicester sit fourth – three points clear of Manchester United – while Arsenal edge above Wolves into sixth.

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  • Arsenal remain unbeaten in 23 home league games against Leicester (W19 D4).
  • Leicester City have scored 18 goals in the final 15 minutes of their Premier League games this season, more than any other side.
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is just the second Arsenal player to score 20+ Premier League goals in consecutive seasons, after Thierry Henry (five in a row between 2001-02 and 2005-06).
  • Only Kevin De Bruyne (19) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (14) have provided more assists among Premier League players in all competitions this season than Bukayo Saka (12).
  • Only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been involved in more goals for Arsenal this season in all competitions (25) than Bukayo Saka (16 – 4 goals, 12 assists).
  • At 21 years 38 days, Eddie Nketiah is the youngest Arsenal player to be sent off in the Premier League since Konstantinos Mavropanos, also against Leicester in May 2018 (20y 149d).
  • Leicester striker Jamie Vardy is just the fourth player to score at least 10 Premier League goals against Arsenal, after Wayne Rooney (12), Robbie Fowler and Harry Kane (both 10).
  • Since his debut in January 2016, Leicester’s Demarai Gray has registered eight assists as a sub in the Premier League, more than any other player.

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